Sipho Kings is the person the Mail & Guardian sends to places when people’s environment is collapsing. This leads him from mine dumps to sewage flowing down streets – a hazardous task for his trusty pair of work shoes. Having followed his development-minded parents around Southern Africa his first port of call for reporting on the environment is people on the ground. When things go wrong – when harvests collapse and water dries up – they have limited resources to adapt, which people can never let politicians forget. For the rest of the time he tries to avoid the boggling extremes of corporations and environmental organisations, and rather looks for that fabled 'truth' thing. For Christmas he wants a global agreement where humanity accepts that sustainable development is the way forward. And maybe for all the vested interest to stop being so extreme. And world peace. And a sturdier pair of shoes.
Road closures and public transport disruptions will mean residents of Soweto and greater Gauteng could struggle to get to work on Tuesday.
A Hare Krishna parade in Lenasia on Saturday night celebrated the life of Madiba -- a man who learnt its holy book while on Robben Island.
Six decades after Madiba left Alexandra in Johannesburg, its residents are sad but have accepted the death of the man who used to dance among them.
A gold-mining village in Gauteng is turning into a ghost town as the mine shuts up shop.
25 000 elephants have been killed last year across Africa, and the numbers will grow, a continental conference on poaching has heard.
A report on greenhouse gas emissions says just 90 carbon emitters, some of which are South African, are reponsible for two-thirds of global emissions.
While South African companies lead the world in disclosing their carbon emissions, they are doing little to lower them.
The relentless poaching of rhino has been continuing with 1 000 set to be killed by the end of 2013.
Conflicting laws for a mine in liquidation allow Blyvoor mine's owners to dodge their responsibilities.
This year's global climate conference has increased pessimism about the future.